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Nabihah Iqbal DREAMER Album Launch + t l k
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Nabihah Iqbal stares at the camera, eyes closed. She has long hair and is wearing a flat cap.
Pictured: Nabihah Iqbal on the cover of DREAMER

Nabihah Iqbal returns with her long-awaited new album DREAMER. Set to be released on Ninja Tune on 28 April, it will be premiered live as part of Between the Lines.

Five years on since the London-born artist, curator, broadcaster and lecturer’s debut Weighing Of The Heart was released and two years in the making, DREAMER is Nabihah’s rawest and most reflective work to date. Exploring personal identity and grief through the soft-focus lens of melancholy, the album signals a shift, elevating Nabihah’s work to new heights.

It arrives at a pivotal time for Nabihah, having recently collaborated with Chinese artist Zhang Ding, photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, composing music for the Turner Prize, and being part of a group performance at the Barbican’s major Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective. As part of her Glory To Sound project at Somerset House, she curated a series of live talks, music and club nights where the likes of historian David Olusoga, DJ Gilles Peterson and pioneering electronic artist SOPHIE explored their love for music. In 2022 Nabihah was announced as a guest director for England’s largest multi-arts festival Brighton Festival in 2023, her “biggest, most challenging and exciting curatorial position” to date.

This will be the first live premiere of DREAMER.

Support: t l k 

Stretching the thin fabric of selfhood, with their characteristically ethereal sound, t l k has been called “truly transportive” by BBC 6 Music. Expect to hear music from their new EP Primed for Loss, releasing on Ishmael Ensemble’s label Severn Songs, 24 May 2023.

Also: A listening party and conversation between Nabihah and Zezi Ifore on Thu 27 April
07:00 pm
Sat, 13 May 2023

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